On June 26th, 2015, at approximately 12:30pm, my teacher and mentor,
Richard Lawson, said to me in the Professional Development Program 2.0
class that I should start a weekly blog. A blog that chronicles my
journey as an artist. The highs, the lows, the challenges, the wins and
everything in between. I’ve been studying with Richard for almost 10
years now and everything I have learned about acting and administration
has been because of him.
Richard has seen my growth and my journey
over these last ten years. He has seen it all: My laughs, my tears, my
compliance, my defiance, my doubts, my growth and my evolution from
follower to leader.
2015 has been no exception. At the beginning
of this year, Richard challenged all of us in this particular class to
step up our game and go after our personal projects with passion,
enthusiasm, professionalism–or as they say on the streets, go after it
like a maw-fucking pitbull with lock jaw. And every week, he wants us to
present our progress and our logged hours to him and to the class.
far this year, I have been averaging about 35-37 hours a week into my
career. Not bad considering I work 30 hours a week for Richard. I
presented my latest career administration statistics today and Richard
said, “In each of you, I see the whole thing. Or I see the potential of
the whole thing. So what I just saw for you was–cause I look at your
journey as an actor and I’ve been part of your journey for a lot of
years, so I’ve seen the progression. And I’ve seen the periods and I’ve
seen the changes. And as I looked at the last ten years, I said, ‘Now
what if he had blogged about that all along the way? What if on a week
to week, day to day, week to week, no less than week to week, that you
wrote about your journey as an artist? The artist’s journey. And you
talk about the things that you do, the things that you did, the goals
for the week, whatever it is in your blog that you want to share. That
you would be speaking to probably all or some of every artists’ journey.
So that people can identify with the–I hate the word, there are
certain words that I hate. I refuse to use those words in my vocabulary.
Words like ‘Overwhelmed’. ‘Struggling’. And so for you to blog about
that could be a major thing because you’re blogging it from a standpoint
of having the actions, the clarity, the organization, the artistic
warrior, the postulates, the dreams and then the manifestations so that
you postulate, there are categories of things. From week to week, you
can choose the subject because the subject is clear. And you establish
the subjects. And then this week I’m talking about postulates. Talking
about work ethic and what a bitch that is. That from week to week,
people tune in because it’s like, ‘Yo. Let me get behind-’ You know what
it’s kind of like? It’s like getting behind the ambulance. In New York,
if you see an ambulance, you will see motherfuckers who will fight to
get in line because you know the ambulance is cutting through. So you
see this ambulance and you see this trail of cars that are weaving
through cause it’s the only way they can get through because everybody
who’s not in that line is stuck. So what I’m saying is that for you to
do a blog and to have that and you chronicle your journey, big. Big. So
that when you get there, you have a lot of people who could testify.
They followed the ambulance.”
So here we are. Chasing The George.
Not a play on the Kevin Smith film, “Chasing Amy”, but rather, “Chasing
The Ambulance”. When an ambulance is in emergency mode, they zoom down
the streets with intention and energy. The ambulance is direct and cuts
through traffic. Some people chase after ambulances so that they too can
get to where they need to go. “Chasing The Ambulance”.
So week to
week, I will be sharing how I am cutting through to achieve the things I
see and want for myself. And hopefully, I will inspire some of you on
your own personal journeys to keep going and not give up.